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Creamy chocolate buttercream frosting… a must-have in your arsenal of delicious recipes that will WOW everybody.

This past week, I’ve had the pleasure of having my best friend and her family visit Jeremy and me in Seattle. In fact, this is the second friend that visits us this summer and we’re ecstatic to host people we love!

Most of the time, when we have guests, we tend to be out showing them around the city (Seattle). Especially stopping at our favorite restaurants in this foodie’s dream of a city. This usually prevents me from spending enough time at home to whip up a batch of cupcakes.

This time, however, our friends went up to Vancouver for an overnight trip, so I got to work. Since their 15-year-old son loves chocolate, I made vanilla cupcakes with this creamy chocolate buttercream frosting. I hope you enjoy it as much as they did. (You can also check out the lemon cake with white chocolate raspberry cream cheese icing here.)

CREAMY CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

This creamy chocolate buttercream frosting is simple to make, yet packed with flavor. It’s the perfect frosting for that moment when you’re pressed for time and still want to make a decadent cake. Add raspberries, or white chocolate shavings and OMG, amazing!

What makes it so easy to make is that the ingredients are quick to mix. It almost takes longer to gather the ingredients than to mix the buttercream. Now, you definitely want to mix everything well. But you’re done before you know it.

QUICK TIP: This buttercream is made with butter ONLY. If you plan to make it in hot and humid weather, check out this post for adjustment that will prevent melting buttercream.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 sticks (1 lb.) salted butter
  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp heavy cream

Creamy Chocolate Buttercream - ingredients

DIRECTIONS

STEP 1

Beat salted butter at medium speed until creamy in texture and light in color.

Creamy Chocolate Buttercream - Cream Butter

STEP 2

In a separate bowl, sift 3 cups of confectioner’s sugar and 1/2 cup of cocoa powder.

Creamy Chocolate Buttercream - sugar and chocolate

STEP 3

Combine and set aside.

Creamy Chocolate Buttercream - combine sugar and chocolate

STEP 4

Once the butter is creamy, add confectioner’s sugar and cocoa powder mixture to mixing bowl.

Creamy Chocolate Buttercream - mix butter and dry ingredient

STEP 5

Set the mixer on the lowest setting to prevent dry ingredients from spreading everywhere.

Creamy Chocolate Buttercream - mix butter and dry ingredients

STEP 6

Increase speed to medium once dry ingredients have been absorbed.

Creamy Chocolate Buttercream - mixed butter and dry ingredients

STEP 7

Once combined, add vanilla extract.

Creamy Chocolate Buttercream - add vanilla

STEP 8

Add heavy whipping cream.

Creamy Chocolate Buttercream - add heavy cream

STEP 9

Scrape sides of mixing bowl to ensure all ingredients are well combined.

Creamy Chocolate Buttercream - scrape sides to combine all ingredients well

STEP 10

Mix on medium to high speed, until buttercream is light and fluffy. When the Creamy chocolate buttercream is freshly mixed, it’ll look very light. It’ll darken to more of a chocolate color when it sets.

Creamy Chocolate Buttercream - light and fluffy buttercream

DONE!

Add as a filling or coating for cakes or cupcakes. Enjoy!!!

Creamy Chocolate Buttercream Rose Multiple

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CREAMY CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
PREP TIME
10 mins
 

This creamy chocolate buttercream frosting is easy to make and perfect as a filling or coating for any cake or cupcake.

COURSE: Dessert
CUISINE: American
Keyword: creamy chocolate buttercream
SERVINGS: 12
AUTHOR: Catherine Baez Sholl
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 sticks salted butter (1 lb.)
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp heavy cream
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Beat salted butter at medium speed until creamy in texture and light in color.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift 3 cups of confectioner's sugar and 1/2 cup of cocoa powder. Combine and set aside.

  3. Once the butter is creamy, add confectioner's sugar and cocoa powder mixture to mixing bowl. Set the mixer on the lowest setting to prevent dry ingredients from spreading everywhere.

  4. Once combined, add vanilla extract and heavy whipping cream. Scrape sides of mixing bowl to ensure all ingredients are well combined.

  5. Mix on medium to high speed, until buttercream is light and fluffy. Add as a filling or coating for cakes or cupcakes. Enjoy!!!

RECIPE NOTES

When the creamy chocolate buttercream is freshly mixed, it'll look very light. It'll darken to more of a chocolate color as it sets.

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